Friday, July 22, 2016

Atlanta weekend food events: July 22-24

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Celebrate Atlanta's craft beer industry with the state's oldest brewpub at Max Lager's on Sat., July 23 from noon to 4 p.m. - ILLUSTRATION BY RACHEL HORTMAN
  • Illustration by Rachel Hortman
  • Celebrate Atlanta's craft beer industry with the state's oldest brewpub at Max Lager's on Sat., July 23 from noon to 4 p.m.

Friday

South City Kitchen - Vinings Fri.-Sat., July 22-30, 5-10:30 p.m. Tomato Jam 2016 Summertime calls for juicy tomatoes and South City Kitchen Vinings is taking full advantage of this fresh, summer crop with its annual TomatoJam! Join executive chef Nathan McGrath to celebrate the peak of the summer harvest with a limited time tomato-centric menu. Details

Saturday

Piedmont Park Sat., July 23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Atlanta Ice Cream Festival Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a taste of Atlanta’s frozen treats scene. Jake’s Ice Cream, Rita’s Italian Ice, Lil Ice Cream Dude, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Not As Famous Cookie Company, and SereniTea Creamery will be slinging samples. But the day isn’t just about ice cream. The festival also includes fun fitness activities such as jumping rope, hula hooping, and more — you know, to burn off the calories earned in the festival’s ice cream-eating competition. Plus, you can support the festival’s 2016 health initiative at the Fight Cancer Walk before the festivities kick off at 11 a.m. Don’t forget an extra battery pack for your phone. Word has it Piedmont Park is great for catching Pokémon, too. Details

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Quick Bites: St. Germain opens, Maison Robert closes, and more

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 9:01 AM

AU REVOIR: Maison Robert shuttered after almost 40 years in business on July 14. - ERIC CASH/CL FILE
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  • AU REVOIR: Maison Robert shuttered after almost 40 years in business on July 14.

Select restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport have introduced a Pokémon-inspired cocktail for ARG-crazed patrons. The Pikachu Colada Sangria, a white wine-colada sangria, is available at The Piano Bar on E (Concourse E), Varasano’s Pizzeria (Concourse A food court), Cat Cora Kitchen (near gate A24), and the Atlanta Hawks Bar & Grill (near gate A34).

Maison Robert, the Chamblee-based purveyor of fine chocolates and pastries, closed on Bastille Day, July 14, after 39 years of operation across three different metro Atlanta locations. Owner Katia Reeb cited a long commute and decreased onsite parking in her letter to customers. Reeb says she may reopen Maison Robert in East Cobb as Robert’s Daughter.

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Behind the scenes of the Ultimate Doughnut Smackdown

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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  • Creative Loafing Atlanta

I love doughnuts. My kids love doughnuts. Everyone loves doughnuts, right? But have you ever sat down and tasted dozens of doughnuts in one sitting? Your tastebuds quickly become quite discerning — instantly classifying each bite as "worth the calories" or, well, not. The joy of the airy fried dough and the sweet toppings or fillings starts to dissipate. Simply put, judging doughnuts can be a real buzzkill.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Gear up for the Foxeria del Sol Hatch Chile Festival with the Hogs for the Cause taco

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 12:01 PM

JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
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Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and Taqueria del Sol are rolling out the welcome wagon as their yearly shipment of Hatch chiles makes its way from New Mexico to the ATL in time for the third annual Foxeria del Sol Hatch Chile Festival.

Coveted for its mild heat and meaty texture, the Hatch chile is harvested just once a year from August to September in the town of Hatch, New Mexico. Hatch and other cities across the Southwest host Hatch Chile Festivals late each summer to honor the pristine pepper. The hot-ticket item (pun intended) is beloved in Texas and Mexico, making the Foxeria del Sol Hatch Chile Fest a match made in heaven.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Quick Bites: The Cockentrice updates beverage and entrée menus, Gunshow hires first pastry chef, and more

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CHANGE UP: The Cockentrice has hired Cole Younger Just as beverage director and adds its namesake dish to a revamped menu. - ERIK MEADOWS/CL FILE
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  • CHANGE UP: The Cockentrice has hired Cole Younger Just as beverage director and adds its namesake dish to a revamped menu.

Attention caf-fiends: Another Starbucks is on tap for Downtown. The new location is slated to open inside the Hurt Building at 50 Hurt Plaza within Georgia State’s campus. The Hurt Building café will be about twice the size of its counterpart inside the nearby Equitable Building and will be operated as a franchise, according to What Now Atlanta.

The Cockentrice has a new beverage director and a new menu. Cole Younger Just, most recently of Last Word, will introduce new beer, wine, and cider selections and an updated cocktail menu. The new dinner menu from executive chef Kevin Ouzts has “a number of dishes” that can be prepared vegetarian or gluten-free and an actual "cockentrice," a lamb-stuffed, roasted hen with cornbread, roasted tomato, asparagus, and game jus.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Atlanta food events: July 18-24

Posted By on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Meet Julie Schoen of Nature's Harmony Creamery and Mary Ingersoll, head cheesemonger at Alon’s, for tastings. - JOEFF DAVIS/CL FILE
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  • Meet Julie Schoen of Nature's Harmony Creamery and Mary Ingersoll, head cheesemonger at Alon’s, for tastings.

Wine dinner? Beer tasting? Cooking class? Let us know. Create a CL account and submit your Food and Drink happs here. 

Tuesday

The Porter Beer Bar Tues., July 19, 5-11 p.m. Little Five Restaurants Alive Visit The Porter on July 19th when 10% of all sales will be donated to Little Five Alive. Funds raised will go toward projects to improve the L5P area. Come out and support local businesses! Details

Bellina Alimentari 
Tues., July 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Kids Kitchen Come experience a hands on fun cooking class with Chef for a parent and a kid (8-12 years old). Make pasta from scratch, a playful experience that will help connect kids to good food from an early age. The ticketed price is for two people, an adult and a child. Details

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Quick Bites: Shannon Mayo leaves AMER, Stone Soup Kitchen sets a closing date, and more

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 9:01 AM

TIME TO GO: Shannon Mayo (right) has stepped down as beverage director and managing partner at AMER. - MIA YAKEL/CL FILE
  • Mia Yakel/CL File
  • TIME TO GO: Shannon Mayo (right) has stepped down as beverage director and managing partner at AMER.

The Chastain Park Superica, which opened on July 11 at 3850 Roswell Road, has announced that it will not be open for weekend brunch until sometime in August. Until then, the hotly-anticipated second edition of Ford Fry’s Tex-Mex restaurant will open for lunch at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Opening bar manager and operating partner Shannon Mayo has resigned from her post at Inman Quarter cocktail spot AMER. Mayo told Eater “the overall vision and direction” are not a path she wants to stay on. AMER’s head bartender, Matt Welch, will replace Mayo as managing operator, according to Eater. 

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Comet Pub and Lanes opens tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 8:01 AM

SARAH DODGE
  • Sarah Dodge
Lace up those rented shoes and get ready to bowl! Comet Pub & Lanes opens today, Friday, July 15. The team behind Decatur's Twain's, Ethan Wurtzel, Uri Wurtzel, and Ben Hogan, revamped the former Suburban Lanes, which has been a neighborhood staple since 1954.

The fresh digs include 32 lanes with Ipads for scoring, a wrap-around bar, and shuffleboard courts. You won’t be able to sip Twain’s Brewpub beer there (Georgia Beer laws), but the large beer selection includes 16 on draft and 50 bottles.

Twain’s Executive Chef, Savannah Haseler conceived the menu chock-full of bowling alley classics with local oomph. Her chicken waffle dog is stuffed with Pine Street Market chicken sausage and drizzled with maple bacon aioli. Pizzas have house-made ricotta and local veggies. Crispy wings come from Springer Mountain Farms and bowlers can build their own White Oak Pastures beef burger.

Hours for now are 5 P.M.- 12:30 A.M. but daytime hours are likely in the future plans. Comet Pub & Lanes is located in Decatur at 2619 N. Decatur Rd. 404-373-0063. www.cometpubandlanes.com.

 

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Best Bets at Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 2:01 PM

Chef Craig Richards' agnolotti - ST. CECILIA
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  • Chef Craig Richards' agnolotti
It’s just like Ford Fry’s “Go Big or Go Home” approach to make his annual ode to the love apple bigger and better this year. The summertime fruit is no humble ‘mater to Fry, but a cause for celebration with local farmers, chefs, and bartenders concocting imaginative ways taste its glory.

The 8th annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Fest moves to bigger digs this year. Sunday, July 17, from 1-5 P.M. hundreds of pounds of tomatoes in all forms await the throngs of lycopene lovers at Midtown’s Park Tavern. Last year’s festival raised $60,000 and Fry aims for triple digits this year to hopefully donate $100,000 to Georgia Organics.

New this year is a free AKTF16 koozie to hold the donated cans of Wild Heaven Beers (Emergency Drinking Beer, Wise Blood IPA, and White Blackbird). Cans allow grab and go for speedier lines. The Spazmatics return after a couple of years hiatus with fun, retro tunes. Fry’s band of chefs, Chef Zeppelin, is the opening act. Also new is a VIP ticket, which allows early entry (one hour early), a swag bag full of merch, and a meet and greet with Fry.

We got an early gander at the lineup and who’s fixing what and we think these are our Best Bets for what not to miss:

(And check out our photo galleries from past events here.)

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A (photo) tale of two ramens

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 8:09 AM

BOWL FOOD: Jinya's spicy chicken ramen (left) and Ton Ton's Hakata Tonkotsu Classic - JENNIFER ZYMAN
  • Jennifer Zyman
  • BOWL FOOD: Jinya's spicy chicken ramen (left) and Ton Ton's Hakata Tonkotsu Classic

Summer appears to be the hot time to open a ramen shop in Atlanta. Jinya Ramen Bar (5975 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs), an LA-based chain, quietly opened July 1 in Sandy Springs near the Whole Foods. Guy Wong (Miso Izakaya, Le Fat) opened his long-awaited ramen concept, Ton Ton, inside Ponce City Market July 7. 

Both restaurants serve a variety of ramen, are open for lunch and dinner, and have been packed ever since they opened. During my visit to Jinya, I noticed people choosing to eat their ramen outside on the porch even though it was above 90 degrees that day. After a 20-minute wait on Saturday afternoon, I scored a table and, eventually, a bowl of spicy chicken ramen (I added a poached egg and ground chicken from the add-on menu). I also paid a visit to Ton Ton shortly after they officially opened last week. Wong was working the line and looked hyper-focused on making sure every single bowl of ramen was perfect before it left the kitchen. I went with the Hakata Tonkotsu Classic at Ton Ton.

It is too early to pass judgement on both, but it's safe to say that Atlanta's ramen scene is heating up. Up next in our ever-growing ramen market? Chef Mihoko Obunai's Nexto, which is holding pop-up nights that you can track on Facebook

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